Parental growing pains !!!
At the end of last week, Grace had 3 high school induction days at the school she will be joining in September. We have had 2 nights of Lion King Jr. as the year 6 leavers production. On Monday she has sports day and on Wednesday she has her leavers assembley. She has just 4 days left at primary school. My baby is growing up into an amazing young lady and I am so proud but really not ready.
On returning from her first day, Grace was chatting about all the things she had done and she seemed genuinely excited about starting – and returning the next day. That night we attended a parents evening up at the high school where, while waiting for everyone to file into the hall, we watched a slide show of all of our children at different points during that first day. They all looked so young, far to young to be starting high school, but the staff all seem very warm and approachable. I met her form tutor who was very funny – a PE teacher trying to use a a laptop and projector – need I say more!
The next day she walked to and from her new school for the first time (on her first day dad had given her a lift there and back) when she came in she was telling me about the treasure hunt they had done to help them to learn their way around the school. She also tried the canteen food which seemed to be a winner. She then announced that ‘your allowed to wear makeup because this girls eyeliner flicks was like goals’ Goals? Makeup for school? But wait I’m not ready! In my head your still little, don’t you want to play with your ponies or watch Dora with me?
Now please don’t get me wrong I understand that they can’t stay babies forever and that at some point they all have to grow up, but I feel this time it has totally crept up on me. In my head she’s still my little nearly 5 year old starting at big school. Unlike me she is so ready for the challenge and I know she will do well so well. I’m just going to have to put on my big girl panties and do my best to hold it together – best make sure I’m stocked up on tissues!